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How to keep rolling tobacco moist

Updated February 21, 2017

Rather than purchasing ready-made cigarettes, some smokers choose to make their own by rolling loose tobacco into small pieces of paper. Rolling cigarettes is often more cost effective than purchasing them ready-made. To save even more, some smokers choose to purchase loose tobacco in bulk, rather than in small packages. While bulk tobacco is more economical, storing it can be challenging. One of the most common challenges associated with storing loose tobacco involves keeping it moist. Fortunately, there is an easy way to store your bulk rolling tobacco.

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  1. Place a clean plate or tray onto a work surface and open your package of tobacco. Separate your loose tobacco into piles on the plate or tray. Each pile should be the approximate amount needed for 10 cigarettes.

  2. Put each pile into an individual self-sealing storage bag. Force as much air as possible out of each bag by squeezing it with your hand before sealing it.

  3. After sealing all bags, place them into a refrigerator and use as needed.

  4. Tip

    If your rolling tobacco has already dried out, moisten it by placing a small amount in an airtight container together with an apple peel. Check the moisture level of the tobacco after three hours have passed. If you need to increase the moisture level, reclose the lid and allow the tobacco to continue moistening for another hour. In order to avoid over-moistening, remove the apple peel as soon as the desired moisture level has been achieved. For larger amounts of tobacco, use an apple slice.


    Do not attempt to keep rolling tobacco moist by placing it in a humidor. This tends to over-moisten the tobacco and give it a soggy texture.

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Things You'll Need

  • Self-sealing storage bags

About the Author

Melissa Busse is a freelance writer covering a variety of topics, including natural health and beauty, budget balancing and parenting. She received her Bachelor of Fine Arts in studio art from Maryville University in St. Louis.

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